What would you do with 28 pounds of produce delivered to your door?
In a quest to eat healthy and shop local, I stumbled across an organic produce delivery service in our area called Greens and Things Delivered. This seemed like the perfect solution for my dilemma of wanting to participate in a farmer’s co-op or market yet not having a flexible schedule to meet up with anyone. The process couldn’t be easier… simply sign up on the website to select the frequency of delivery (one time, weekly, bi-weekly, etc) and remember to leave a cooler filled with ice by your front door. Little produce fairies will come by your house by 9pm on delivery day and leave all sorts of goodies for you to find when you return home!
Contents of the box vary weekly depending on availability of the freshest produce. We received the following in our first delivery:
1 lb green beans (FL)
1 broccoli (CA)
2 1/2 lb sweet potatoes (NC)
1 green cabbage (Lady Moon Farms FL)
1 bunch sweet onions with tops (FL)
1 red leaf lettuce (Lady Moon Farms FL)
2 tomatoes (MX)
4 fuji apples (US waxfree)
2-3 lb bananas (Ecuador or Columbia)
2 yellow peaches (MX)
2 asian pears (Argentina)
2 lb ruby grapefruit (FL)
1 lb strawberries (FL)
1/4 lb kiwi (CA)
The best part about this service is being introduced to varieties of fruits and veggies that I would normally pass by in the grocery store. I am having so much fun figuring out new methods for preparing the produce and how to consume everything in time for the next delivery!
One thing we have noticed is how flavorful all of the items have been. The tomatoes tasted like they were picked from our backyard earlier that day, the grapefruit so sweet they didn’t need sugar, the peaches juicy and fragrant, and the green beans so fresh I was afraid Capt J would sneak them out of the bag before I had a chance to cook them! I could go on and on about how delicious everything has been. This is our first experience with organic food, so I am not sure whether this is a phenomenon from the growing process or a testament to how fresh the produce was. Either way we are hooked and looking forward to the next delivery this Thursday!